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Celebrate International Freelancers Day. Share Your Story And Win Prizes (Plus Connects).

Put on your party hat and dust off your dancing shoes. International Freelancers Day is Friday, September 21. If you’re like us, this grand holiday ranks right up there with New Year’s Day, Diwali, Rosh Hashanah and Oktoberfest. OK, maybe a touch below Oktoberfest, but darn close.

Whether you’re a freelancer or work for a company who uses freelancers, International Freelancers Day is your time to celebrate all things solopreneur. We may be preaching to the choir here, but freelancing really does bring wonderful opportunities to people around the world – putting food on the table, parents on time for school events and skills on track for what people love doing most.

All kidding aside, there truly is reason to celebrate this Friday and beyond.

So inspire us with your story, and win great prizes.
To celebrate International Freelancers Day we want to inspire others. You can help by sharing your story. It’s easy and fun, here’s how:

1. Tell your inspirational story about freelancing. It can be as simple as a sentence, or as state-of-the-art as a video, animation or whatever. Just be sure it speaks to our theme: How Freelancing Has Changed How I Live And Work.

2. Post your story or shoot us a link to your story on our Facebook Page, or send us a tweet @elance with hashtag #Efreelanceday. Stories must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT on September 30, 2012. As the celebration continues, we’ll be highlighting stories on the Elance Blog and Elancer newsletter.

3. Everyone who shares their story will receive 10 Connects in September and an additional 10 Connects in October!

4. Our team will view all stories and award prizes for what moves us most. Here’s what winners will receive:

1 Grand Prize winner gets:
Apple iPad 3 + $100 iTunes Gift Certificate + 12-month Elance Premium Membership

1 Second Place winner gets:
Kindle Fire HD + $100 Amazon Gift Certificate + 12-month Elance Premium Membership

1 Third Place winner gets:
$200 Amazon Gift Certificate + 6-month Elance Premium Membership

7 Finalist winners get:
$100 Amazon Gift Certificate + 3-month Elance Premium Membership

Check out the official contest rules and visit our International Freelancers Day Contest FAQ. Be sure to visit our Facebook Page for updates too. Winners will be announced October 2, 2012.

Good luck, have fun (oh, and Happy International Freelancers Day!).

Comments

My husband was the one who found Elance for me. Until then, I had enjoyed contributing to local publications and building up a steam of work, however, I was still uncertain as to how I would ever earn a living as a writer.

Fast forward a few months and I was invited to submit a bid to write for a women's fitness blog and I got the job! The client and I are on great terms and continue to work together.
And since I have written a book as well (a project I never thought I would accomplish) and needed to hire an editor...I am not only an Elance contractor, but I am now a client as well.
I'm not sure how I would have gone about finding someone to edit my book in any other way for what I was charged.

This company has made it possible for people to live their dreams from the comfort of their own home. People can stay at home and raise their kids, fire their bosses or at least pay some bills after being laid off...all thanks to you. And of course working from home is a great way to save on gas bills and traffic induced headaches.

Whether I win this contest or not (but please choose me)...I am so grateful for Elance!

Great stories everyone! Keep them coming in!

But remember, please post them to our Facebook Fan Page (http://www.facebook.com/elance) for them to be considered a part of the competition!

Thanks!
-alex

Hi Alexy,

If I post my story on 29th September, will it take part in the competition?

I'll post my post story today or tomorrow, I don't want to miss my iPad,,, ha ha ha...

Hi Ebrahim,

The 29th of September is fine, just as long as it's before October!

Thanks!
-alex

According to the article, we can "Post your story or shoot us a link to your story on our Facebook Page, or send us a tweet @elance with hashtag #Efreelanceday. Stories must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT on September 30, 2012."

I point this out because there are many people who do not use Facebook.

Thanks to share

Oops i forgot that its a contest :( i was just enjoying writing my story.

data entery

Excellent. I appreciate your comment "This company has made it possible for people to live their dreams from the comfort of their own home. " THANKS

i dont know about this site. plz give me some tips
becoze i am new at elance

When I've started, I just wanted some more money for me, because I don't haven't any source of money.
I've started to build a gaming website(counter-strike) in 2007 when I was a kid, and I really liked to learn HTML, CSS and later php, mysql and jQuery scripts. I don't liked to use any existing cms, so I built my own system, and I was very proud at that time haha.
In time I've learned a lot of things from different websites, different people and from a hobby it turned to a lifestyle, a good source of profit, and of course experience.
In my country, is very hard to find anything to work, and payment for work is very low and is not apreciated.
As a Freelancer I'm happy to know that my work is very usefull to someone!
Also I'm feeling that I'm well payed for my work, also I don't have a boss to make presure on me(all my employers were so nice).
I'm independent and free, I'm a Freelancer!!!!!
Happy Birthday for all Freelancers!!!! I hope to all to get great and attractive projects.
Thank you Elance for let me do what I know to do. To be a Freelancer!

Andy.

I lost my job as a editor early this year and since them I have found freelance as the most exciting professorial opportunity in my career to develop from now on and Elance is the place where I want to be to take advantage of the opportunity..

Jaime

About a year Ago, I graduated with a Degree of Veterinary Medicine. Work was hard to find and a friend (a veterinarian) introduced me to Elance. I got my first job today and I am grateful that even in the hard times I can freelance, work and help people I may never meet but because of Elance i Connect with the World. Thanks

I started freelancing after my employer was downsizing. I was kept on with less hours for a few months. During that time I thought I'd try to find some clients on my own. My client list grew by word of mouth, however, Elance has helped me connect with clients that would not have found me otherwise.
I love the fact that I can work from home and set my own hours. I often work at 4 am and can take a couple hours in the afternoon to run errands or attend my son's football game. I would not have been able to do that if I worked a traditional 8 to 5 job in an office with a commute.
I love my job!

Elance is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Before, I don't have any knowledge of any freelancing sites. I never know that I could gain my own client through freelancing. I always depend on various BPO companies and outsourcing companies. I was paid the minimum as a Medical and General Transcriptionist. I couldn't even get anything going being underpaid. I was convinced then that I choose the wrong path. I couldn't even fully sustain the needs of my family . In other words, my life is a mess back then. Being a bachelor graduate didn't help me with my career. So, I quit my job. Well, that was also a big mistake.

We accumulated a very big debt. I couldn't pay my bills now. My son got hospitalized for chronic asthma and after a few weeks, I too got hospitalized for dengue. So, our debt get pilling up. Wew...

I again tried pursuing my career and tried applying on various transcription site, but to no avail. Then, I came across with Elance. I never thought that it would be this easy to look for a job on Elance and I never thought that people would actually pay to get things done for them for a simple task. I never considered my skills on MS Office and researching as an asset. lol And I actually landed a job as a data entry specialist and from this I won not only the award but also my first good rating and testimonial of my first client. This what started my career on Elance. In a matter of a month, I already earned a thousand bucks just using solely my skills on researching and MS office. =) And I already paid my debt on my 2nd week on Elance. =D

nice story!!

Honestly freelancing has given me hope for pursuing a career in a field I love.

I've had my own personal struggles, just as everyone else has. When I started going back to college, I knew I had to major in something I was passionate about, or else I would not succeed. I have always loved English, whether it be creative writing or literature. I struggled with myself and the fear of not having any real job prospects after graduation. I live in a very small town where jobs are scarce, and pay is pathetic. I have been forced to work at menial jobs that in no way use my intelligence or literary skills. I went to my local workforce center to apply for a secretary job last week and was told there had already been over 50 applicants to the one job opening. This was within 2 days of the original job posting.

I had always thought that I had to move to a big city like Dallas in order to get a real editing job. I ended up googling how to break into the editing field and stumbled on a reference to elance. I immediately looked at the website, without getting my hopes up. Someone else had suggested I try another website that ended up to be a scam. I tentatively set up my information on here, and was excited when I got my first job. I'm still very new to freelancing, and I'm in love with all of the opportunities being afforded to me because of it. I had started to give up hope that I would ever be able to find a job that would allow me to use my brain!

I feel like freelancing has given me a new lease on life. I have hope for my future.

Goodluck Maam..
You have a great story!

I had been a freelancer for over 4 years when I discovered Elance in 2010. Till then freelancing was was more luck and pluck; I had to hard sell my service and had no way to prove my competence. Now I get two or more 'Invites' daily as Elance cares to project my correct image to would-be clients looking for the niche service [Academic Writing] that I provide. I hardly use my Connects - clearly demonstrating my reputation on Elance.
Thank you Elance [the whole team] for providing me a platform where I feel I am wanted and from where I can offer my clients the value of my expertise and experience.

I was laid off of my job as a customer service manager back in 2008 when the economy first started going bad and actually ended up having to move to another state and stay with friends because I couldn't afford rent. I worked various part time jobs in convenience stores, grocery stores and fast food joints and was barely getting by.

One afternoon, I decided to do some serious research on work from home jobs because a lot of my pay was getting eaten away by transportation costs. I came across a couple of other freelance websites and tried my hand at them briefly but the work was sporadic and I still was barely getting by.

I made some contacts on those other sites and they recommended I try Elance.I started on Elance in June of 2011. In less then a year, I went from barely getting getting by to being ranked #1 in transcription providers on Elance and being able to do things I've always wanted to do. I've traveled to Mexico, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and even went to Disney World in Orlando in addition to catching up on bills.Elance has literally changed my life and given me a freedom I've never had before.

At 22 years of age I found it difficult to hold a job due to my social anxiety. I would get a job and work there only a couple of months, if that! Back in 2008 when I heard about Elance on TV I decided to give it a shot. Little did I know I would find a great, long term job that suits my strengths and skills. I happen to live a natural, organic lifestyle so working for a nontoxic hair color company was something that not only provided stability in my life but that was fulfilling and a company I could believe in. I've been with this job since 2008 and it's been an amazing 4 years. I believe to this day it was with the grace of God that I found Elance.

Thank you from the depths of my heart, Eden Camacho

    Greetings

      My Name is Muhammad and I am doing BBA from Iqra University from Karachi Pakistan. I have joined elance from last one year. We are from Third world country and we were not aware about that it is possible to earn while sitting at home.

      After my Intermediate I joined McDonald's Pakistan as a Customer Services Representative in 2009 and earning little amount so that i can cover my daily expenses and i can support little to my father. Friend of mine was doing BBA and I also have patience of Education, but due to my limited resources i was not able to complete my Education.

      I asked help from my Community and they donate funds to me for studying and getting professional Degree in my desired field, I was always thinking to become a donor, and I don't like to take donations for my personal problems, but for surviving in this challenging society, I took the funds and started my Education in 2010 for Business Administration.

      Friend of mine was doing some online work and at that time I was laughing that it is not possible to earn online, it is totally wastage of time and if working online is possible then everyone join online work and they can get rid of their original business. He Suggest me to join Elance

      I REFUSED THAT IT IS FAKE AND I DON'T WANT TO WASTE MY TIME IN ONLINE WORK

      I meet him again i think in July 2011 when he was planing to went at Scotland, I was surprised that What qualification you have and how you got this job, he smiled and said:

      I TOLD YOU JOIN ONLINE WORK AT ELANCE AND THAT IS THE REASON I GOT OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN SCOTLAND

      Then I joined elance in November 2011, and I tried to figure out the most demand-able skills that would relevant to my skills and I decided to become a Virtual Assistant and i started applying at elance for virtual assistant job and Mr. Kendall was my first Employer who hire me for their task and after few weeks he increased my weekly hours and give me different tasks for handling his team and Now I am doing different jobs at elance and paying my own university fees, supporting my father for handling our expenses... :)

      I AM THANKFUL TO MY GOD WHO PROVIDED ME ABILITY TO LEARN AND SURVIVE IN THIS WORLD, I AM THANKFUL TO MY FRIEND ABDUL MUJEEB TO PROVIDED ME THE WAY OF THIS WORK., I DON'T HAVE WORDS TO THANKS TO ELANCE FOR SUCH A GREAT PLATFORM..

      This is whole I AM HERE AT ELANCE,,

      THANK YOU ELANCE, I APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICES

Muhammad Best of Luck for your University, I really appreciate your success and your story Inspired me,, Bro There are a few people who were achieving their Goals and Desired, You are really one of them,, Keep Going you will be success in your Life....

I missed the content, but I am really Inspired from your story....

Good Luck Bro...
Thanks

Thank you Salmanghulam for your Comments You too Best of luck. :)

NICE STORY MUHAMMAD, YOU HAVE REAL INSPIRATION IN YOUR WORDS
GOOD LUCK

Thank you Waqasd for your Comments

hi sir..!

Nice Story Muhammad.

Thank you Muhammad-Jehad for your Comments

Before I became Elance member, I was unaware of the fact that I have skills that could bring money at home by serving timely and honestly. I was told by friend about this huge site. Although I have begun my venture recently, I got to know the attitude of people assigning projects. One thing I hate is cheating when someone asks for samples, gets ideas and later withdraws or cancels the project. If elance ensures all kinds of financial control from both partners, it could be more reliable and attractive for new comers.

I hope to find a suitable working project soon and that could be possible only through effort and consistent support of Elance platform.

I congratulate all freelancers and Elance team on this fortune day that brings joy for them and of course a charming source of income!

Since our health insurance costs have skyrocketed and I'm currently pregnant, we needed another source of income that would allow me to work from home. Thank goodness someone told me about Elance! I signed up and found a job within the first week! The money I earned has helped our family tremendously and I hope to be able to help support our growing family by freelancing from home. Freelancing will give me the opportunity to use my Physical Therapy expertise in a less physical manner and will allow me to more of the stay-at-home mom I want to be.

My husband is in the Army and so we are always traveling and moving around to new places. I knew more than anything else I wanted to be at home with our beautiful daughter, but I also knew that I wanted to be making money. Writing was always something I loved doing, but I never thought I was good enough at it to pursue it. I started off with college courses, writing short novels, and creating a blog website. I moved on to doing freelance work for others that needed editing or articles done, as well as working with a magazine company. Finally, I found Elance and I can combine all of my favorite things together, and it keeps me busy and happy while my husband is away, and yet, I can still be at home with my girl. Freelance writing has changed mine, and my family's, life.

Hello Mandi,

Loved you story!

I sail in the same boat as you. Freelancing has allowed me to be with my three children and also make money.

Elance is such an Awesome platform to build my business flexible and profitable. There is not enough words to express my happiness to them. Business in Elance brought me a new car , time for my family and social activities etc.
God may bless Elance Company for long lasting , profitable and many people and their families become Happy and blessed!

Since our done job at gct of collge in contract base costs have skyrocketed and I'm currently jobless, we needed another source of income that would allow me to work from home. Thank goodness someone told me about Elance! I signed up and found a job within the first week! The money I earned has helped our family tremendously and I hope to be able to help support our growing family by freelancing from home. Freelancing will give me the opportunity to use my Physical Therapy expertise in a less physical manner and will allow me to more of the stay-at-home mom I want to be.

I lost my job in late 2011 and didn't find any new job until the start of 2012; with my savings diminishing day by day and tension mounting of running a family I saw no hope and wanted to simply hide in a shell, never to come out. At that critical juncture of my life I saw hope in the form of Elance. Ever since I joined Elance it has changed my life as I am back to earning and love working as a freelancer. Infact I am loving this new change so much that I want to continue working on Elance for a living. I can work from the comfort of my home and am my own boss; most importantly, I get to spend more time with my family. Thank you Elance for being a gift of God for me. Elance for me is my saviour, my life changer and is a part of my life now !!!

I like your story Sir!

I graduated from Job Corps for Office Administration in 2011 and up until now had not found a job where I was able to actually use the tools and such that I learned from trade school. I started feeling like I would never be able to find a job in the clerical field but even though I have not done any jobs on Elance I truly believe that with a little patience and faith that I will develop a great relationship with Elance and people around the world. I just started using Elance just a few weeks ago and again have not been given a job but I feel like Elance has given me a front row seat to how competitive this world can be and has taught me to not give up. The blogs and pretty much the whole website are so helpful. I see a great future with Elance and have already spread the word and got a few of my friends and family to try it out, Thank you Elance.

I's being boring to find out a job in another Market Place.When I submit a proposal Client propose me to do Captcha,PTC very disgusting and painful and In that Market place bidder rate also so high volume and than rate is so low,even they offer $ 0.20.
In one and a half year, I didn't awarded any job.I became very hopeless about Outsourcing.One day, One of my friend told me about Elance.I open an account with a great negligence.I also made this phone verification although it is a little bit difficult but I come to know after that but I made an account successfully without any difficulties.It's the help of the Greatest God.He helped me to do so.Within a month I awarded a job very easily.From April'12 I awarded 18 jobs a Earned more than $ 1,000 .Although It's not very much but I could started and going on.Here,I also noticed that newbies also get job very easily.Even on his/her first bid.Very interesting.It made me very confident and I brought many friends here.My profile is here.
http://spaceled.elance.com

Thanks all of my Clients and Elance authority.

I joined Elance in September 2010. Getting the first job changed my perception of productivity in the virtual world. You should have seen the smile on my face when I refreshed the 'Transactions' page. Too bad the Guinness Book of Records' Personnel were not looking at me.

How Freelancing Has Changed How I Live And Work !!

I am a student of computer science but I was in crying need of earnings. I was running here & there online for getting a reliable source of income. I found a lot of ptc sites but I knew that they are fake. After a period of time I've got Elance as a freelancing platform. I created an account & started bidding on projects. After a few days I have got my first project & I was wondered when got my first payment for the job. Anybody should understand what a moment that is !!

Since then I am working in continuous projects & earning a good amount by which I can maintain all of my expenses. Now I have no lack of pocket money & I am also contributing in my family maintenance which gives me a great pleasure that is not possible by any other way.

I am greatfull to all of my clients & specially to Elance for my current situation.

We have just started .. the good thing is that .. we have placed our first bid and it was converted ..we don't know much about the freelancing but elance gave us confidence and platform to perform worldwide and demonstrate skills.. we love to get feedbacks from clients and serving them.. Elance is part of our life now.. me and my team are very thankful to elance for doing such a good work..

When I've started, I just wanted some more money for me, because I don't haven't any source of money.
I've started to build a gaming website(counter-strike) in 2012 when I was a home, and I really liked to learn Execl,word and Data entry and Office skills. I don't liked to use any existing cms, so I built my own system, and I was very proud at that time aha.
In time I've learned a lot of things from different websites, different people and from a hobby it turned to a lifestyle, a good source of profit, and of course experience.
In my country, is very hard to find anything to work, and payment for work is very low and is not apreciated.
As a Freelancer I'm happy to know that my work is very usefull to someone!
Also I'm feeling that I'm well payed for my work, also I don't have a boss to make presure on me(all my employers were so nice).
I'm independent and free, I'm a Freelancer!!!!!
Happy Birthday for all Freelancers!!!! I hope to all to get great and attractive projects.
Thank you Elance for let me do what I know to do. To be a Freelancer!

Greeting All !

"Honestly " ELANCE gave me a way to fulfil my dreams , i was nothing in other words i was looser , but now people knows me and now i do face people very confidently ,along with me all people who works with me are very thankfull to elance , i started work as freelancer and now i have small IT firm . such a great feeling :)
really ELANCE has changed my life

Very Thank you ELANCE

Regards

Pankaj

How Freelancing Has Changed How I Live And Work.

Well, before I started freelancing/outsourcing, what i always dream about is to have a nice job, independently support my studies and work at home while studying. I joined Elance about 2 months ago, after almost a month, I got my first job.And I am lucky that my very first client here in Elance is very nice. On this day(Sept.20), is the end of my contract with him, but yesterday he told me that he will going to extend my contract for 5 more months.

Freelancing makes my dreams possible, and the best thing with this is, I learned that PATIENCE is NOT only a VIRTUE but also MUST to every person who dreams not only to be a freelancer but also to any profession you dream about.

I am also inspired by my client's dedication to his work and willingness to grow. That's the reason why I do want to build a team of freelancers now, work with them as a leader and PROMOTE freelancing as a main source of income.

I also learned several intangible qualifications that one can't learn from a book; Qualities that will bring us to success!

"Being a freelancer is not easy unless you work honestly." -Karen

I discovered freelance writing when I was looking for a way out of a job really hated - banking. To be fair, I really don't think that I knew what I wanted to do with my life until I started in a Citizen Journalism site. It was on a holiday in Mozambique that I had my epiphany - I could write from wherever I wanted, even from the beach, and that's the life I wanted. That was simply the beginning - it took a few years to get established but now I earn a full-time living as a freelancer.

When I look back, it's tough to imagine my life before and a lot of people have asked me if I don't want to look for a "real" job. Freelancing suits me - I set my own hours and am not nailed to a desk from 9 to 5 every day. I'm off to Dubai next week for a month and after that, who knows?

The freedom freelancing gives is well worth the hard work it involves and sites like Elance make it incredibly easy to find work.

Greetings Every Body

I am a student and Doing my engineering. I am not one of the most richest person so I need some money for my daily spending, plus for my tuition fees, for my college fees. It is not possible for me to spend money first. I research and found one name more familiar and confident and that is ELANCE .
I just give it a try but in my early days it is hard for me to get my first job. Then I decided to give it more time. I used all links that elance give and read all about it.

Elance University : One of the most useful way to get your first job. Give all most all the details and tips to get your first job.
I just found that i have to focus on certain keywords, i used that tip and now I am not looking back, Just in 6 Months i have over 18 jobs with a good earning records and a 5 star ratings.

If you believe in freelancing Work harder and use Elance. I am not saying that Elance is the only freelancing site, but without a doubt it the most successful and helpful platform from any other sites.

I am Manu Kaushik, Lost my job last month.. Tried to find new job, no help, no help.... one of my friend Rahul told me about the great(Elance) innovation ever for work.

I am shocked, planning to open my own company only after working 20 days with Elance, No other source no client no infrastructure just Elancing :)

You have saved million's life that lost their job in recession.

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! To save my life, give me a way to live with pride.

Hi All,
Greetings!!!
I am an active worker on the web front, particularly via means of popular freelancing websites. I have been working with oDesk since 2006 and have been a core member of the company I work at, which has 16,000+ hours of working profile Elance to me is especially dear to me for it came as a challenge and opportunity to me. When the work size at oDesk (my primary source for projects) was going down, I had to look for alternatives. While my partners opted to just stay even at the cost of reducing personal rates, I chose to take it up in my own hands. In less than a month's time - and owing to my proficiency with previous projects - I was able to secure a project on Elance. Ever since, there has been no turning back. We are currently working round the clock (day and night shifts) to offer as much support as we can, to our esteemed clients. My work is my worship and Elance has become the means for me to get doing what I love to do. It is a great platform to meet new people, the world around, and be a part of dynamic and conceptual projects, forever increasing our knowledge's domain and horizon. I am grateful to the makers and drivers of Elance for providing me, and a population of web enthusiasts, the wonderful chance to be self driven, self dependent and self sufficient.
Best regards,
Uttam KC
Wordpress Ambulance Team

Now that I think about how I got into freelancing and found Elance, I realize that it wasn`t by accident or due to a friends advice, it was a natural process. A natural process that I am immensely grateful of.

It all started when I was very young, I think it was on New Year`s Day when I was in the 5th grade, that I made my first drawing only in pencil. Until then I only doodled with all kinds of crayons, markers, watercolours, but since that New Year`s Day I never took out the B2 pencil from my hand. It was only normal that I wanted to go to an arts highschool. My parents were against it, of course, but I managed to pull it off and I got into a Fine Arts highschool.

Started studying anatomy, composition and everything else I could get my knowledge hungry hands on. I polished and fine tuned what I already knew and learned what I didn`t knew. The fact that I was, and still am, a video game player guided my evolution in art to an interesting direction. Game art, game concept art, game illustrations, you name it. I looked for hours and hours at images and trying to do the same on paper. My art career came to a halt when my mother got sick and was diagnosed with cancer about 2 years ago. My parents got into some large debts just to have a surgery for my mother. It was successful but I saw what that time did to them, heck, it was the first time I ever saw my father sad.

Things wanted to get back on track but those debts kept us at a snail`s pace. My parents told me to not worry about the debt, that it`s their responsibility and not mine, but I want more than everything to help them since, despite the fact they were reluctant at the beginning, they did support me through Fine Arts highschool. The only way I could was with what I could do best, draw. So I started searching for solutions, ideas, basically an oasis. After a prolonged search I found that best way for me was going digital with my art and freelancing. Thus I started to learn digital illustrations, at the beginning through books and magazines, then through free videos on different sites. There were a few artists who had an enormous impact on me and because of them I wanted more than ever to pursuit a career as a digital artist.

It was last year when I received from my aunt a graphic tabled for my 18th birthday. Gosh, in that summer I stood for hours and hours everyday just drawing with the tablet, learning and searching and exploring. I spent 3 months entirely just learning to apply in a digital environment what I knew in a traditional environment. Eventually I was ready enough to start freelancing. I managed to narrow it down to two sites, Elance was one of them.

I am 19 years old now, I have been doing digital art for a year only and have been freelancing since January. What are the odds of me finding work? I asked myself that, most freelancers at the beginning probably do. Thus, to be completely honest, the odds are what you want them to be. I worked hard to get where I am and it paid off. My second job at Elance was a welcomed blessing. I received 300$ for 2 illustrations. It might not be much, but it sure made a difference. It boosted my self confidence, morale, experience, everything. To make things even better, I actually managed to help out my folks with the debts with the money I have gathered by then. Money I gathered working as a freelancer.

Ironically, what initially started as a childhood fantasy, became a tool to satisfy a moral obligation and, that same childhood fantasy, became my dream career. I might have started young and inexperienced but I am working my way up the ladder. It`s hard at times, I know it is, but because it is so, after every single step, when you are a bit higher than when you were before, when you are a little closer to where you want to be or need to be, you get a feeling that you can do anything. You feel that you achieved something, following your career is something you should be thankful for. Thankful that you are not at your job counting down the hours until the day ends. It is because of this reason that I compare freelancing to the course of a steam driven train. Of course there is the messy,steamy and slow start, of course there are technical difficulties along the way, of course the journey is long, but once you get moving there is no stopping until you reach the destination. As far as I am concerned, although I know I am hardly leaving the station, I know I am on the journey of my life!

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